Baptiste Serin (scrum half from Toulon, after the 32-19 defeat in the European Challenge final against Bristol, Friday) : “We have the feeling of having given them the match. It’s a shame to take ten points in the first few minutes. On very simple things besides, we knew we were going to hit Radradra to put a lot of pressure on him. But there is also a lot of strength of character in this team, because we are coming back well. You can’t afford to leave so many points for free. We controlled the game well at times, but you defend so much that after a while, it’s hard. “
Anthony Etrillard (hooker and captain of Toulon) : “Faced with a team like Bristol, the slightest mistake pays dearly very quickly. It’s the start of the season, we’ve only played four Top 14 matches, we haven’t started the new European Cup so if we start to put our heads in the bucket right away, it’ll be complicated for the rest of the season. I especially told the players that we should be proud of what we have done. The state of mind has been good and there will be better days if we keep it … “
Pat Lam (manager of Bristol) : “I told the players that we had to celebrate this title. Before the match, I told them that we had to play our game, that we could always come back even under pressure. We started the match very well and we made a few mistakes that allowed Toulon to come back. We had planned, on the kick-off, to score very quickly, we wanted to send the ball to this place directly. At the break, we had to have faster balls because there would be spaces. We knew that opportunities were going to present themselves to us.